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Naltrexone for Alcohol Use Disorder

2024-02-26T09:36:44-05:00February 26, 2024|Alcohol Recovery, MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment)|

Naltrexone, also known as Vivitrol, is a medication that falls under the category of drugs known as opioid antagonists. It works in the brain to prevent opioid effects (e.g., feelings of well-being, pain relief) and the desire to take opioids.  You’re probably wondering how a drug that counters the effects of opioids could be helpful for alcohol use disorder (AUD). This Innovo Detox article explains what naltrexone is, how it works, and why it’s a useful tool for overcoming alcohol addiction.  How Does Naltrexone Work in the Body? Naltrexone, AKA Vivitrol, is a powerful tool in the battle against alcohol addiction. To understand how it works, it's helpful first to understand more about how the brain works. Addiction begins in [...]

IWNDWYT: Reddit’s Mantra for the 24-Hour Rule

2024-02-05T15:28:27-05:00January 29, 2024|Alcohol Recovery|

If you’re not already familiar with it, Reddit is the 18th most visited website in the world. This massive, heavily text-based forum is a veritable cornucopia of content on just about any topic you can imagine. Like many of Reddit’s digital groupings, its recovery community and subreddits are chock full of insight and support.  This Innovo Detox article is about Reddit’s recovery community and more specifically its IWNDWYT mantra. Where Did IWNDWYT Come From? Born from Reddit’s r/StopDrinking subreddit, a part of the forum’s wider recovery community, IWNDWYT (I Will Not Drink With You Today) began as a mantra of sorts a little over 5 years ago. The acronym came about as a sign of solidarity between the subreddit members [...]

Which Drug Withdrawals can be Fatal?

2024-01-24T12:23:53-05:00January 24, 2024|Detox|

The term “withdrawal” related to drugs and alcohol is most often associated with heroin or other powerful opioid medications. The physical reactions that a person experience’s when they are unable to use a substance that causes physical dependency, such as heroin or fentanyl, or OxyContin. Withdrawal, or drug withdrawal syndrome or substance withdrawal syndrome, is the physical, mental, and emotional symptoms that occur upon the abrupt discontinuation or decrease in the intake of certain substances, which can be used medicinally or recreationally. As an example, if a regular user of heroin abruptly stops using heroin, they begin to have both physical and mental symptoms, such as hot and cold sweats, muscle aches, and anxiety. Almost all drugs and alcohol, when [...]

Common Medications Used in a Drug and Alcohol Detox

2024-01-17T17:37:38-05:00January 16, 2024|MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment)|

Individuals suffering from addiction are often fearful of entering detox due to the typical discomfort associated with withdrawals from drugs and alcohol. While withdrawal symptoms are often considered physical, many substances also can be associated with difficult mental health and psychiatric issues during withdrawal. Fortunately, there are many FDA-approved medications that are safe and effective in getting people detoxed and through withdrawals in a comfortable way. Each individual who enters detox, depending on their medical history and what substances they are using, will be seen, assessed, and evaluated by a doctor and then put on a clinically appropriate detox protocol of medications that will help treat their symptoms. Every patient should also be evaluated by a psychiatrist, who can make [...]

What Happens to Your Body After You Quit Drinking Alcohol?

2024-01-30T17:54:40-05:00January 11, 2024|Alcohol Recovery, Detox|

Quitting alcohol may be one of the wisest decisions you ever make. Whether you simply stop drinking for health or personal reasons or you enter detox and treatment for an alcohol use disorder, a life of sobriety promises many benefits.  This Innovo Detox article is about what happens to your body after you quit drinking alcohol. What You Should Know About Quitting Alcohol and Alcohol Detox Depending on how much you drink, quitting alcohol may not be as easy as you imagine. We say this, not to discourage you, but to inform you about what to expect and advise you on how to prepare.  Many people who drink alcohol are surprised to hear that the medical community defines “moderate drinking” [...]

Finding Sobriety in the New Year

2024-01-30T18:00:01-05:00December 27, 2023|Detox|

Many people make New Year’s resolutions. A resolution in the New Year can provide clarity for goals, create hope for positive change, set expectations for what someone wants for themselves in the future, can bring joy and make a person feel good, or can provide an important fresh start. For someone suffering in active addiction, who most likely has made numerous resolutions about finding sobriety but never a firm decision followed by vital action, making a New Year’s resolution to find recovery may feel overwhelming or even pointless.  However, finding sobriety as a New Year’s resolution makes a lot of sense, for all the reasons described above that resolutions are important as the year ends and a new one begins. [...]

What is Polysubstance Abuse?

2024-01-31T15:34:22-05:00December 20, 2023|Detox|

When we think about addiction treatment and drug detox, most often we think in terms of a single drug or a person's “drug of choice”. But the reality is that most people grappling with a substance use disorder are using more than one substance when they enter detox.  This article from Innovo Detox takes a look at polysubstance abuse and the impact that combining different drugs and alcohol can have on the detox and recovery process.  What is Polysubstance Abuse and What Does it Look Like? Polysubstance abuse refers to the misuse of more than one drug or type of drug (including alcohol) within a certain period. The term is derived from the prefix "poly-" meaning "many”. The phenomenon of [...]

Is CBD Safe For People In Recovery?

2024-01-31T15:44:48-05:00December 14, 2023|Addiction Recovery|

It seems like the U.S. is rocketing toward marijuana legalization lately. As of this writing, 24 states along with Washington D.C. and Guam have legalized recreational marijuana use. Along with marijuana’s newfound acceptance has come a plethora of marijuana-adjacent products like CBD, Delta-8 THC, and products containing hemp derivatives.  Are CBD and other marijuana-related products safe for people in recovery? Innovo Detox will answer this question along with some others in this article.  What Is CBD Anyway? Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is another active ingredient in marijuana. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the psychoactive substance in marijuana that gets most of the attention, because it’s the one that’s largely responsible for the high people get when they use the drug. The [...]

Embracing a Sober Approach to the Holiday Season

2023-12-11T16:48:32-05:00December 8, 2023|Detox|

With Thanksgiving recently passing, currently celebrating Hanukkah, and Christmas and New Year’s quickly approaching, the holiday season is filled with excitement, joy, and promise of a festive few weeks and a new year to come. However, for many people, the holiday season can also be synonymous with excesses and indulgence, especially related to alcohol or drugs. Families also can feel stress during the holiday season, preparing to deal with a loved one’s addiction or alcoholism. Embracing a Sober Approach to the Holiday On a more positive note, in recent years there has been a growing movement towards embracing sobriety during the holidays, with trends like “Sober October” or “Dry January” getting popular, and more people seeking sobriety. This often is [...]

Innovo Detox welcomes Julie Vance to Medical Team

2023-12-05T14:25:03-05:00December 5, 2023|Detox|

We are excited to announce the addition of Julie Vance, CRNP, to the Innovo Detox staff as a new Nurse Practitioner. Julie will join our medical team, consisting of Medical Director and psychiatrist Dr. Alok Saharan, M.D, Director of Nursing Leah Christman, RN, Nurse Practitioner Philip Walters, CRNP, and our nursing staff of registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) in delivering the highest quality of comprehensive medical care for our patients in detox, extended medical stabilization, and addiction treatment. Julie was in school as a nursing student at Bowling Green State University and Ohio State University, before becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse. She then went on receive her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, graduating Cum Laude, from York [...]

Thanksgiving: Finding Gratitude from Addiction

2023-12-11T17:16:34-05:00November 20, 2023|Detox|

Family praying holding hands at Thanksgiving table. Flat-lay of feasting peoples hands over Friendsgiving table with Autumn food, candles, roasted turkey and pumpkin pie over wooden table, top view During this time of Thanksgiving and the holiday season, it is always important to take some time to look at gratitude. Ironically, gratitude is not something that is often discussed or identified by individuals in active addiction, but it is almost always something shared by those that have found recovery. Find Gratitude from Addiction Seeking or finding gratitude while dealing with addiction can be challenging. People in active addiction typically look at the negative, seeing themselves as victims of unfair circumstances or feeling that life isn’t fair. However, finding [...]

Why Therapy and Counseling During Detox Are Vital to Successful Recovery

2023-10-30T16:11:41-04:00October 30, 2023|Detox|

Most people think of only the medical portion of a drug and alcohol detox. An individual suffering from addiction or substance use disorder will often look at detox as the process of getting through withdrawal symptoms and becoming physically free of substances, and therefore will admit into a drug and alcohol detox facility for the medical care, support, and necessary detox medications. Why Counseling and Therapy After a Detox is Vital for Patients There is no question that 24/7 medical care and support from doctors and nurses is key to creating a safe, supportive, comfortable environment in order to detox from drugs and alcohol, and having medical supervision to administer medications absolutely aids in a safer, more comfortable environment. However, [...]

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